Autonomous Ocean Surveillance in the Defence and Security of Australia: The Perspective of Ocius

10/31/2022
By Robbin Laird During my September 2022 visit to Australia, I had a chance to talk with Robert Dane, the CEO of Ocius, about the way ahead for maritime autonomous systems in both defence and security missions for the Australian forces. In 1996, Robert Dane, a passionate sailor and environmentalist,…

Reliable Supply Chains, Defence, Partners and Allies: Shaping a Way Ahead for Australia

10/17/2022
By Robbin Laird During my September 2022 trip to Australia in my role as a Research Fellow of the Williams Foundation, I wrote the report for the September 28, 2022 seminar and engaged in discussions during the month focused on the nature of the challenges facing Australia and the need…

Exercise Cutlass Express 2022

02/20/2022
In a press release published on February 6, 2022, the U.S. Sixth Fleet and the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa announced the launch of Exercise Cutlass Express 2022. DJIBOUTI - Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, North America, and several international organizations began the multinational…

The Bataclan Attack in 2015: Now the Trial Six Years Later

11/30/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris. Can you remember where you were on Friday 13 November 2015 is the big question, following the opening of a criminal trial for what has become known as the Bataclan attack. The court hearing, which opened Sept. 8,2021 has heard survivors, police, intelligence officers, and political…

Australia and Indonesia Work Maritime Security

10/26/2021
According to an Australian Department of Defence article published on October 24, 2021, Australia and Indonesia are conducted combined maritime patrols. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) have completed a coordinated maritime patrol to enhance security along our shared maritime border as part of AUSINDO CORPAT…

Shaping Resilience: A Key Element for the Defense of Liberal Democracies

10/18/2021
By Robbin Laird Recently, I had a chance to discuss with Air Vice-Marshal (Retired) John Blackburn the work he been engaged in since last I was in Australia in March 2020. The team has recently released a final report on the challenges facing Australia to become a more resilient society…

Shaping New Global Disaster Mitigation Capabilities from the Sea: The Creation of IntSAR

06/18/2021
By Robbin Laird It is not often that one is present at the creation of new organization focused on providing a positive response to global crises. But such is the case of being able to interview the head of IntSAR and to talk about their plans for providing for global…

Operation Southern Discovery in Antarctica.

03/24/2021
By Flight Lieutenant Lain Thorn 4 March 2021 COVID-19 didn’t stop personnel from the mobile air loading team from successfully completing Operation Southern Discovery in Antarctica. The team, from the combat support group, flies cargo missions from Hobart to Antarctica on a C-17A Globemaster during the Austral summer period from…